19 Facts About Donna Tartt


Donna Louise Tartt was born on December 23,1963 and is an American novelist and essayist.


Donna Tartt's work has been widely critically-acclaimed, and her novel The Goldfinch won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and has been adapted into a film.


Donna Tartt was raised in the nearby town of Grenada.


Donna Tartt's father, Don Tartt, was a rockabilly musician, turned freeway "service station owner-cum-local politician", while her mother, Taylor, was a secretary.


Donna Tartt's parents were avid readers, and her mother would read while driving.


In 1976, aged thirteen, Donna Tartt was published for the first time when a sonnet was included in The Mississippi Review.


In high school, Donna Tartt was a freshman cheerleader for the basketball team and worked in the public library.


In 1981, Donna Tartt enrolled in the University of Mississippi where her writing caught the attention of Willie Morris while she was a freshman.


At Bennington, Donna Tartt studied classics with Claude Fredericks, and met Bret Easton Ellis, Jonathan Lethem, and Jill Eisenstadt.


Donna Tartt's novels are The Secret History, The Little Friend, and The Goldfinch.


Donna Tartt published her first novel, The Secret History in 1992.


Donna Tartt's 2013 novel The Goldfinch stirred reviewers as to whether it was a literary novel, a controversy possibly based on its best-selling status.


Donna Tartt was reportedly paid $3m for the movie rights but parted company with her long-standing agent, Amanda Urban, over the latter's failure to secure Donna Tartt a role in the screenplay writing or wider production.


Donna Tartt is a convert to Catholicism and contributed an essay, "The spirit and writing in a secular world", to The Novel, Spirituality and Modern Culture.


Donna Tartt has spent about ten years writing each of her novels.


Donna Tartt won the WH Smith Literary Award for The Little Friend in 2003 and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Goldfinch in 2014.


Donna Tartt was included in Time magazine's 2014 "100 Most Influential People" list.


In 2002, it was reported that Donna Tartt had lived in Greenwich Village, the Upper East Side, and on a farm near Charlottesville, Virginia; that she is 5 feet tall and that she had said she would never get married.


Donna Tartt dedicated her second novel to someone named Neal, although she does not elaborate on his identity.